Rochester railway station

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Rochester National Rail
December 2015 Rochester railway station 9499.JPG
Rochester station building opened on 13 December 2015
Location
Place Rochester
Local authority Borough of Medway
Coordinates 51°23′19″N 0°30′30″E / 51.38861°N 0.50833°E / 51.38861; 0.50833Coordinates: 51°23′19″N 0°30′30″E / 51.38861°N 0.50833°E / 51.38861; 0.50833
Grid reference TQ745684
Operations
Station code RTR
Managed by Southeastern
Number of platforms 3
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 1.139 million
– Interchange  Increase 25,901
2012/13 Increase 1.162 million
– Interchange  Decrease 25,073
2013/14 Increase 1.241 million
– Interchange  Decrease 24,467
2014/15 Increase 1.305 million
– Interchange  Increase 26,515
2015/16 Increase 1.385 million
– Interchange  Increase 45,610
History
1 March 1892 Opened
13 December 2015 Original station closed
New resited station opened
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Rochester from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Rochester railway station is on the Chatham Main Line in England, serving the town of Rochester, Kent. It is 33 miles 61 chains (54.3 km) down-line from London Victoria and is situated between Sole Street and Chatham.

The station and most trains that call are operated by Southeastern, with a handful of peak services to and from Bedford operated by Thameslink.

In December 2015 a new station on Corporation Street opened 500 metres to the west of the original station which it replaced. It is now closer to the town centre and its historic buildings.

Construction[edit]

On 16 January 2014 Gallagher Ltd cast the reinforced concrete base slab for a new subway for the station.[1] A little over a year later, on 26 January 2015, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin was given a tour of the site, and was quoted as saying, "Rochester’s new station will be a big improvement for this historic town. It will benefit commuters and visitors thanks to longer trains and more seats for passengers.".[2] According to the billboards adjoining the station site, the 900-tonne concrete subway was to be the first part of the project to be completed; this was scheduled took place over Easter 2015.[3] Office of Rail Regulation confirmation of the closure of the old station were exhibited at Charing Cross station and elsewhere in October 2015.[4]

Layout[edit]

Platform 1 serves trains towards Strood, Gravesend, Ebbsfleet International, Dartford, Meopham, Bromley and onto London.

Platform 2 serves trains towards Gillingham, Faversham, Ashford International and the Kent Coast.

Platform 3 has now opened up at a through platform, service trains towards Gillingham, Faversham, Ashford International and the Kent Coast. Trains can also terminate here before heading back towards London. As the through line runs all the way through the old Rochester Platform 4, it can be used to hold freight trains to allow passenger services to pass, removing a bottleneck.

Service[edit]

Medway Towns
North Kent Line (& High Speed)
to London Bridge & St Pancras
Chatham Main Line
to Victoria & Blackfriars
Medway Valley Line
to Maidstone
Halling
Cuxton
Strood
Rochester Bridge | Strood (1st)
Rochester Bridge
Goods station
Rochester Common
Rochester(2015–)
Rochester(1892–2015)
Chatham Central
River Medway
Chatham
Gillingham
Rainham
Chatham Main Line
to Faversham, Dover and Ramsgate

Typical off-peak frequencies in trains per hour are:[5]

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Strood   Southeastern
North Kent Line (Metro)
  Chatham
Sole Street
or Meopham
  Southeastern
Chatham Main Line
 
Strood   Southeastern
High Speed 1
 
Disused railways
Rochester Bridge
Line and station closed
  London, Chatham and Dover Railway
Chatham Main Line
  Chatham
Line and station open

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reinforced concrete base slab cast at new Rochester Station". gallagher-group.co.uk. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Rochester railway station taking shape as transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin given tour". kentonline.co.uk. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Rochester's new station on the way". networkrail.co.uk. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Consultation outcome, Rochester railway station: closure". gov.uk. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Table 212 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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